UK-IPO Reverses Course On Software Patent Policy

Law360, New York (February 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- In response to a ruling by the United Kingdom High Court, the UK Intellectual Property Office reversed course Thursday, issuing a practice notice saying computer programs are not automatically excluded from patentability.

The court in January ruled that the patent office was wrong in its earlier decision to automatically reject computer program claims, prompting the UK-IPO to allow inventors to patent software if they can show that the computer program implements a patentable invention.

The UK-IPO said in a statement that the court's ruling “places a...
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